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Aug 25 2014

New York, NY (August 26, 2014)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 American Poets Prizes, which are among the most valuable poetry prizes in the United States. This year the organization has awarded over $200,000 to poets at various stages of their careers. The recipients will be honored at the American Poets Prizes ceremony on October 17, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at The New School in New York City.

Aug 11 2014

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Dr. Madeleine Fuchs Holzer has joined the organization as its first Educator in Residence. This honorary position reflects the organization's long-standing commitment to supporting K-12 teachers and encouraging young people to engage with the art of poetry.

Aug 04 2014

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce two changes to its distinguished Walt Whitman Award, making it the most valuable first-book award for poetry in the United States. In addition to a $5,000 cash prize, the winner of the 2015 award will now receive publication of his or her manuscript by Graywolf Press, an award-winning independent publisher, and an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. These new partnerships are part of the Academy’s ongoing efforts to support poets at all stages of their careers.

Jul 17 2014

New York, NY (July 17, 2014) Each fall, poets and poetry lovers unite in New York City for a three-day celebration of poetry called Poets Forum. Organized by the Academy of American Poets, the eighty-year-old nonprofit that produces and National Poetry Month, Poets Forum explores the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in the United States through in-depth discussions with some of the most distinguished poets of our day, poetry readings, lectures, receptions, and more.